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2018 Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon

Discussion in 'Running at WDW' started by sgtmgd, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. sgtmgd

    sgtmgd Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have an idea why the registration has been disabled, Ive been checking since we got back in April. Seems odd the Dark is open now, hoping to do the Kessel Run so any comments are appreciated.
     
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    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    It looks like all the DLR races are in limbo. I'm still leaning towards the general slow registration & cluster of issues they had at the Tink, but other people are mentioning construction messing with the routes.
     
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  3. Texas84

    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    A few things we know:

    1) The name will be changed from Light Side to Resistance.
    2) A new hotel is being built in the race staging parking lot starting in 2018.
     
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  4. sgtmgd

    sgtmgd Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for the response's ....standing by for registration to open lol
     
  5. LAKid53

    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    According to some, the construction of a new hotel in the DLR parking lot is impacting the staging area. But they've found a way to hold Tink, the Half and Super Heroes.

    Probably several factors, including the use of temp agencies to staff DLR races.

    Edit: correction to my statement about hotel construction. I mistakenly thought the hotel was now under construction - must improve reading comprehension, lol.

    @Texas84 & @dreamfinder, is there another area of the property they can use for race staging? Trying to visualize with a 10 acre building and the acreage needed for construction materials, trailers, equipment, etc., how much of the DLR parking lot will be free of construction activity.
     
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  6. Texas84

    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    There is a big lot south of the Disneyland Hotel. My wild guess is they are still waiting on what exactly the construction company needs. Also, the corrals are on Disneyland Drive and that would probably be used for access to the site.
     
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  7. LAKid53

    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention affecting the main entrance to DTD, according to the map I found. Hotel scheduled be completed in 2021. Since they will be giving up 10 acres of parking, hopefully the planned 5,000 space parking garage will be built concurrently. I would imagine the associated parking structure will primarily serve hotel guests.

    Can't believe Paradise Pier is rated 3 stars.....
     
  8. dreamfinder

    dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    Is this a star rating like the people who rate my local Subway and McDonalds as 5 stars on Yelp?
     
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    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    No, it's AAA...
     
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    This shows how absolutely terrible RunDisney is with communication of future plans. There's something to be said for keeping some information close to the vest, but the hardcore RD fans are foaming at the mouth. Just a simple, 'We're working out the details' would go a long way. Uncertainty does not mix with events you register for months in advance.
     
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    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    Lastest rumor is that both Light Side and Tink will be cancelled so that runDisney can plan a full marathon at DLR. And no, the rumor's not from The Site That Cannot Be Named....

    @kevlightyear, talk about hardcore RD fans foaming at the mouth.....

    If so, there goes my Kessel. :bawling:
     
  12. Texas84

    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    Charities have been told this isn't true. Stranger things have happened...
     
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    I suppose it's possible, but they really would need to up their game. Unlike WDW where a) there is alot more park to run through and b) alot of what are essentially private roads that can be closed with minimal impact to others; a huge chunk of that course would need to run through residential/industrial areas. And where they already did a good job of shooting themselves in the foot by turning away most of the non Disney entertainment this year, and the general lack of desire from Disney to have characters be in public areas (or even just areas that non runners can get to) it's going to be a tough sell. Just dig up some of the commentary from the last time they did a full marathon out there.
     
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    LAKid53 Well-Known Member

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    Makes perfect sense, especially given runners comments from Tinkerbell. But runDisney is also shooting itself in the foot by still not, 4 months after registration was supposed to open, providing any type of update. Even a "While construction may impact race staging and courses, we're still committed to the 2018 races at DLR and are working on details to ensure runners the best possible experience at DLR". The race is in 6 months. I would imagine runners will need to finalize their plans in the next month or so in order to participate.
     
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    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    Well, I went ahead and made a hotel reservation because someone said all the rooms are filling up. I can cancel without charge.

    Hey all, Disneyland Hotel was still available for 'only' $600 per night. :rolleyes:
     
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    Guess I should make my hotel reservation....
     
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    I agree completely. Participation will most likely be way down unless prices drop alot to attract locals as many people need/want to firm up travel plans well in advance.
     
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    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    Don't make any non-refundable travel plans until you hear from runDisney but,

    It's happening
     
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    Any idea when registration will open? Site still says on hold.
     
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    Texas84 DVC Fan Boy Premium Member

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    Word is middle of August.

    I saw the Tinker Bell thread. Hope something changes. Worried about the Labor Day weekend now.
     

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